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Celtic Spirituality 'round the Wheel of the Year ~
      

Celtic Spiritual Circle   
Sacred Pauses 'Round the Wheel of the Year


"We weave together a time and place, a sacred space with one another to mark the turning of the seasonal wheel of the year and connect with Mother Earth, our Green Anamcara and her gospel at work in our lives."

Our Celtic inspired spiritual circles are offered as sweet repose at traditional times 'round the wheel of the year'. A mindful pause for the spiritual sojourner on the Christened path to connect more deeply with Great Mystery through meaningful ritual, community ceremony, prayer and a realignment to Nature.

Throughout the year we celebrate the spirituality of the feast times and related rituals, providing a reflective time to strengthens one's  inner light that is reflected outwards in the roles we play in our lives, community and vocations.

For those interested in attending our Celtic Spiritual study groups and  feast day ceremonies,  please email Barbara


Summer Solstice
Friday June 22, 2018   6-9 (begins with a pot luck supper (6-7)
Suggested Love donation to the Anam-Care Initiative $22  (and bring a pot luck dish)  

Event: SUMMER SOLSTICE (save your seat by donation)

 Friday June 22   6-9pm

(this event will take place at my home in Seymour)

An outdoor 'sacred fire' will be provided and incorporated in ceremony



In this Celtic spiritual gathering we look to the summer solstice to teach us about BALANCE- and the importance of practicing self compassion & mindful awareness in order to be successful in maintaining balanced personal energy and expressing this in every day life.  Join us to reaffirm your commitment to be a vessel of balanced energy! 


Incorporated in this celebration I will share an ancient medicine practice collaborating with Nature and borrowed from our ancient Celtic spiritual ancestors and demonstrates how to remove the negative effects of mismanaged energy from unbalanced thoughts or emotions that may even manifest as illness and ultimately prevent us from truly knowing ourselves in our purest and truest nature and spiritual awakening.



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Event:  BELTANE  April 29  (by donation)
On Beltane, we pause to feel and feed our sacred connection and our belonging to both heaven and earth as we see ourselves as an integral part of the marriage celebration and rebirth of the season. In this way we also have an experience of re-encounter with ourselves once more as being One with the Universe.


In this Beltane gathering I will share an understanding of this holiday that springs from the well whence the Celtic anamcara tradition flows from .... and a personal insight or two.... and we will share our stories in Circle of how Spirit has been manifesting/integrating in our personal lives on this physical plane, especially since our last gathering in March.  As a suggestion, ground your sacred insights that may have been working on you over these past weeks, write them down if possible and share them in our Circle!


One of the sacred understandings we celebrate at Beltane is of the marriage between the God and Goddess, Heaven and Earth and the sacred flowering of their lovemaking we see so eloquently expressed in the blossoming of spring. There's no better way to celebrate Beltane/May Day than to be out in Nature, up close and personal!   So... weather permitting, we will be spending time outdoors to construct "personal mandalas" to offer to our Earth Mother and the forces of nature, to be absorbed by the earth, scattered to the 4 winds, dissolved by rains, or baked by the sun.

If you have been looking for a special way to 'dispatch' items you have collected in Nature along the way- stones, sea glass, crystals, seeds, flowers, twine, sand etc.... feel free to bring these along to our celebration to add with any nature treasures you may find on a walk out on the land. We will spend time sitting with our creation in Nature while engaging in a private round of paidirean (contemplative, centering prayer/meditation).


Stay for lunch and enjoy more time around the table sharing your experience and insights from our time communing with Beltane or from your paidirean practice. What a wonderful time it will be to be together!





Event: March 18 (by donation)

Vernal Equinox, Ostara, Feast of the New Spears

A celebration of our authentic lives well lived. At the spring equinox we pause to connect with appreciation for the sacred paths of our life and honor that which is our calling, our vocation, and the authentic expression of who we are. We do this with a ritual our ancestors have taught us embedded in the meaning of the Celtic inspired feast day of the New Spears. Come and learn what the meaning of this holds in your life at this time of year!

In this Circle of Belonging as they have become known as, we 'welcome the sacred' in us to 'show up' as we invite this aspect of ourSelves to come more fully into the awareness of living into an authentic life.

Event: Feb 2 (by donation)
During our time together we re-member Brighid both as goddess in the older cultures of Britain, Wales, Brittany, Ireland and Czech Republic... and as patron saint of the Celts who fosters the growing light of Christ consciousness that was born in our hearts at the Winter Solstice and that we mindfully and carefully carry into the world to glow and grow... we will hear some songs, (fonn) poems and stories dedicated to her. 
If any of you coming to the Circle know such stories, please bring them to share with all of us.

We will contemplate the "qualities of Brighid" traditionally felt since ancient times, and which might serve us individually and specifically today. Whether inspiration with poetic words, the smelting of metals, weaving of cloth, taming of horses, nourishment of seeds and seedlings, fostering of young children or animals... any these or others could serve you today. And likewise, there may be "stuck" or "frozen" patterns (attitudes, holding back forgiveness etc....) we want to release into the waters to be washed away, and melted.

So bring along cloth or beads or yarn or a crystal, or natural objects from which you can fashion a "gift" of thanks that symbolically represents patterns "to be released" into the waters.

Please bring a pot luck dish so we can sup together as a community. We are so blessed here to have the waterfall and brook and woods for our ceremonies!